Thank-you for your interest in writing for TravelNotes.org through
our travel writing section on Travel-Write.com.
Please read through our writer's guidelines before submitting travel
articles to us for possible publication.
You Must Own The Copyright To Anything You Submit To Us
You will assign us digital rights to publish the work on
Travel-Write.com and Travel Notes multimedia, although the copyright remains with
you and you will be credited as the copyright owner.
We would prefer to publish original travel content on Travel
While first publication rights are preferred, they are not a
requirement for publication on Travel Notes multimedia.
If you have published your work elsewhere though, you must be sure
that you haven't sold the copyright to the material, or the multimedia rights to publish
it again online.
We don't want to publish any work that has already been published
online or will be submitted to multiple websites. There's enough duplicate travel content
floating around the Internet and we don't wish to add to it.
Unfortunately, all these 'guest posts' and spammy, link-promoting,
'travel articles' being touted around the Internet as 'original content' is becoming
something of a swamp that I really don't like wading through.
We will only accept material from writers if they can submit a minimum
of three quality travel articles, preferably with images.
Each published article would have an author byline and link to the
writer's bio page, where the writer's promotional blurb can appear.
Alternatively, we can publish your advertorial for $350 and the piece
would be linked to from a relevant page on Travel Notes.
Payment can be made through PayPal.
You could be a professional freelance writer or travel
photographer looking for a little more exposure, or you might just be starting out on the
road much travelled and seeking your first writing gigs.
If all you want to do is promote a website, try our website submission or consider advertising on Travel Notes.
To be published on the Travel Notes Online Guide to Travel
you will need to submit a short biography to accompany your work and a picture
of yourself to be used on your writer's profile.
Photographs can be uploaded from the submit article page.
We reserve the right to resize or crop images, to fit in with
the page layout, and a thumbnail may be generated to blend in with the full list
of writer profiles.
If you're on the road, or have just returned from your travels, you
can send us your updates for publication. Your work as a roving reporter for Travel
Notes will be valuable to travellers setting out on their own journey of discovery.
If you're not roving you can still help travellers with more
information about the country you're from. No one knows a place better than the people who
You really know the scene. Where to go, where to stay, and what to do.
Tell visitors more about the sights and how to make the most of their time when they're in
your town, or a place you know well and visit regularly.
You travel the world at the click of a mouse and like telling people
about some of the best travel sites you come across. You believe that link lists are all
very well, but most of them are outdated and there's some real fresh ones the Online Guide
to Travel should include.
We're also looking for quality photographs of travel destinations. If
you've got stock shots that would appeal to the travel industry, or just have some
beautiful images to share with the world, you may showcase your work on the Online Guide
to Travel as well.
The style is yours.
We don't want to restrict you with dos and don'ts and would like to
encourage you to write with your own style, thus bringing people back to read more of your
Travel writing is as much about what happened to you as the options
available to others.
You're the writer, tell us what's on your mind and what you know.
You may have updates on places you've recently visited; you may like
to concentrate on a country or city; or you may like to write about a theme: Spas, Family
Travel, Budget Travel, whatever.
Keep it interesting.
We don't want to be too rigid and cramp your style. A good length to
keep people's interest might be 500-1,000 words but, as you're not being paid by the word,
there's no need to waffle; so keep it crisp and interesting.
If an article requires longer treatment, we're writing online and
hyperlinks are there to connect related content together.
Online readers also appreciate links to interesting websites and the
inclusion of images (if you own the copyright) can make your articles more visually
We do have an upload image facility, in the submit article
area, but may need to crop or re-size the images you submit. We may also feel that
certain images don't really do the article justice and remove reference to them.
The user name you choose (no spaces) may be a screen name you're
already known by online, your real name, or the name of your subject matter.
This name can also be used to create a personal URL (to
your online profile) for use on business cards, letter headings to magazine
editors and even included in e-mail signatures.
The URL will look like:
While we're not in a position to pay for material outright, we do
think you should have the chance to earn something for your contribution, as well as
gaining a little more exposure for your travel writing.
Some other contributor websites have fallen by the wayside;
continually move the goalposts; pay a minimal amount for 'member reads' only; charge
people a fee to read the material and then distribute some of the money between the
writers getting the reads; or, heaven forbid, take all the credit themselves.
If we're not paying outright for travel articles, the least we can
do is share some of the available advertising space with our writers.
Rather than try and work out reasonable advertising percentages (to be
divided between 'x amount of writers', submitting 'y amount of articles', that are read by
'z amount of visitors'), I think we've found a better revenue share proposal that
shouldn't be open to abuse.
Writers may run their own advertising campaigns; negotiating their own
rates for said campaigns and keep 100% of the revenue the campaign generates, for
Available ad sizes are 468x60 Banner, 728x90 Leaderboard, 160x600
Skyscraper or 300x250 box.
Advertising campaigns should be travel-related and suitable for
a general audience.
Alternatively, if you have a Google Adsense publisher account, we
could add your Google pub-id to the Google skyscraper on your articles.
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For those with a PayPal account, there's always a chance that readers
may feel a little generous and make a donation after reading a really inspiring article.
This button could be yours.
Trying to marry advertisers to their content and attract readers
to their articles is not for most writers; it's hard enough for publishers.
Therefore we propose to run travel writing competitions for our
writers with cash prizes, through the Meta-Travel Community pages.
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While we encourage you to use your unique URL on business cards,
letter headings and e-mail signatures, please don't spam travel forums and discussion
groups to promote your articles.
As Travel-Write.com is a part of TravelNotes.org - The Online Guide to
Travel, we will link to the articles from our relevant destination pages.
The articles will therefore be searchable from every page on Travel
Notes and hopefully spidered by Google and other major search engines that crawl
TravelNotes.org on a regular basis.
New articles will also be featured in our what's new sections, mailing
lists, e-zine, and added to our RSS Feeds on the Travel
If people like your work, you'll build up a loyal following and
they'll return for more; so be sure to contribute regularly.
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